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Under the general direction of the Deputy Director, Educational Programs, California Science Center, to develop, implement, and oversee a comprehensive science education program for visitors of all ages to the California Science Center; to develop working relationships with private and public schools in California in an effort to further the Museum's educational objectives; to teach science courses at the Museum; and to do other related work.
Takes lead responsibility for the identification of fundamentals, trends, and achievements in science which should be illustrated through the use of Museum exhibits; works with exhibit personnel in the development of such exhibits; develops the Museum's science program; consults with colleagues as necessary; works with other Museum educational program administrators in the development of an overall long-range Museum educational plan; supervises volunteer and part-time paid educators at the Museum; teaches science courses to students visiting the Museum; directs the preparation of instructional manuals and articles for distribution to schools and for publication in trade journals; serves in a consulting or advisory capacity to other educational institutions and, in particular, to the California Afro-American Museum whenever scientific expertise is required.
Possession of an earned doctorate in biology, chemistry, physics, or a related scientific field. and Three years of experience in any of the following: teaching at the college or university level; exhibit and education program development at science museums; or equivalent educational experience in the public understanding of science, such as print or film media. and One year of experience in an administrative or supervisorial capacity, such as serving as administrator of a science program within a college, university, or a museum of science and industry.
Knowledge of: Principles, trends, and achievements in the broad field of science with particular emphasis on those historical and recent developments in the field which are of special importance to the people of California; basic principles of education; principles and practices of personnel management and supervision; the Department's Affirmative Action Program objectives; a manager's role in the Affirmative Action Program and the processes available to meet affirmative action objectives.
Ability to: Communicate effectively, including preparing instructional materials for Museum visitors, educational institutes, and trade journals; apply research techniques effectively; develop and maintain cooperative relationships with members of the academic community; develop and oversee the implementation of a science education program; relate well to students of all ages; work closely with Museum exhibit personnel; serve in an advisory capacity to other educational institutions; supervise volunteer and part-time paid professional educators; convey abstract ideas through expositional media; effectively contribute to the Department's affirmative action objectives.
* Note: This was approved as an SPB Staff Item on October 26, 2000.